pro·​gram·​ming | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-miŋ How to pronounce programming (audio) , -grə-\
variants: or less commonly programing

Definition of programming

1 : the planning, scheduling, or performing of a program
2a : the process of instructing or learning by means of an instructional program
b : the process of preparing an instructional program for a device (such as a computer)

Examples of programming in a Sentence

The news conference interrupted regular television programming.

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What had started out as a network devoted simply to giving subscribers a chance to watch Hollywood movies slowly began offering its own programming. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "1998’s From the Earth to the Moon is the best fictional retelling of the Apollo program," 5 July 2019 The camp CherryArts spent the past year trying to find a way to expand its educational programming. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Hybrid venus-fly-trap-scientist traveling in space is coming to Cherry Creek," 3 July 2019 Disney and NBCUniversal are both gearing up to launch their own streaming services, which gives them leverage to charge other providers even more for access to their programming or risk losing access completely. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "PlayStation Vue applies a $5-a-month increase to all live TV plans," 1 July 2019 Stars and Stripes, Armed Forces Salute and a Sousa March will fill out our holiday programming. Luann Gibbs,, "4th of July in Cincinnati: Here are all the fireworks, festivals and events," 27 June 2019 Although most local broadcasters have low profiles, Sinclair has a strong national presence not only because of its size but also because its news programming is known for having a conservative editorial voice. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "FCC Investigates Whether Sinclair Showed ‘Lack of Candor’ When Trying to Buy Tribune," 27 June 2019 Gener8tor also runs its full accelerator programming in Madison and Minnesota — those programs are not changing. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This accelerator is looking for Milwaukeeans who want to build a company — no business plan needed," 18 June 2019 Some did not interrupt their usual programming to report the demise of a former president. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s First Democratically Elected President, Dies," 17 June 2019 While a Thursday evening reception has been a staple on the Phoenix Taste America tour stop for several years, other cities haven’t always included one in their Taste America programming. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "14 of Phoenix’s top chefs will cook at this fall food event. Here's how to get tickets," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of programming

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of programming was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of programming

: the act or job of creating computer programs
: a schedule of television or radio broadcasts

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